Global, local or glocal? Identities of L2 learners in English as a Lingua Franca communication

Chit Cheung Matthew SUNG

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Abstract

This paper reports on an exploratory inquiry into the perceptions of a group of second language (L2) learners of English with regard to their identities in English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) communication contexts. Drawing upon data gathered from two rounds of in-depth interviews with nine participants from a Hong Kong university, the study found that these L2 learners displayed different degrees of affiliations with their local and global identities in ELF communication. While some participants expressed their preference to foreground either their local or global identities, some other participants reconciled their local and global identities and embraced their hybrid, glocal identities in ELF communication. The analysis suggests that ELF communication could offer a myriad of identity options for L2 learners and give rise to hybrid linguistic practices in their L2. Finally, the paper points to the need to acknowledge the role of individuality in identity construction in ELF settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-57
Number of pages15
JournalLanguage, Culture and Curriculum
Volume27
Issue number1
Early online date28 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • English as a lingua franca
  • glocalisation
  • identity
  • second language learning

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